Face cards (kings, queens and jacks) are counted as ten points. A player and the dealer can count his or her own ace as 1 or 11 points. All other cards are counted as the numeric value shown on the card.
If the first two cards you are dealt total twenty-one, you have a black jack. Black jack pays one and a half times your bet. You can not lose but you could tie if the dealer also has a black jack.
If you are dealt any combination other than black jack, you can either “stand” (take no more cards) or signal the dealer for a “Hit” (draw additional cards). Remember, the objective is to reach twenty-one or as close to twenty-one as possible without going over. You also want your hand to be closer to twenty-one than the dealers hand.
If your card counter is closer to twenty-one than the dealers hand – you win; if it’s less – the house wins.
If you tie with the dealer, you ”push”(nobody wins and nobody loses).
If you should go over twenty-one (bust), you immediately lose.
After each player takes his turn, the dealer draws additional cards for house.
If the dealer has sixteen or less, the house must “hit” (draw additional cards), until reaching seventeen or more.
The dealer must stand on all (soft/hard) 17. A soft 17 is a hand containing at least one Ace and can be counted as either seven or seventeen.
If the dealer bursts, the house must pay all the players that still play.